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After a lackluster 2-4 start to open the season, the Murray St. Racers turned the page to the successful part, the one where they have now reeled off 20 consecutive wins and are 12-0 in conference play. The last time they tasted defeat was over two months ago on November 29th. It’s really impressive when dissecting a 20 game win streak that stretches over months because of all that goes on in that span, like injuries, travel, road games, etc… However, the Murray St. Racers have shown no signs of slowing down and are looking promising to get back into the big dance in March. One in which they have had success in of recent, like In 2010, the #13 Murray St. Racers defeated the #4 Vanderbilt Commodores before losing by two points in the second round to the eventual runner up Butler. In 2012, more of the same happened, as they were the #6 seed and dispatched of #11 Colorado St. before losing to the Marquette Golden Eagles in the second round. So, the success when in the big dance has been there and it’s only a matter of time before the real break through happens.
When looking through the Racers schedule, they do have some pretty good wins and I’d even go on to considering them a “Bubble Team” at this very moment. I really like their home wins over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, Illinois St. Redbirds, Belmont Bruins and Eastern Kentucky Colonials, but perhaps their best win is on the road against the Evansville Purple Aces. Then again though, the rest of the schedule is bleak in terms of adding more “resume worthy wins”, so possibly winning out could be the only guarantee to get into the NCAA tournament .
The Racers are led by Sophomore guard Cameron Payne who’s averaging 19.4 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, 5.8 assist per game and 2 steals per game. They feature three other double digit scorers in senior forward Jarvis Williams (15.5 ppg), senior guard T.J. Sapp (11.4 ppg) and junior forward Jeffery Moss (10.9 ppg). The experience is certainly there, they have 5 juniors and 3 seniors which is always good chemistry wise and tournament wise, unless you’re Kentucky of course. Anyways, the way the Murray St. Racers are playing right now and looking at the rest of their schedule, they should go undefeated in conference play and will be a heavy favorite to win the Ohio Valley Conference. If anything is certain, the Racers are getting hot at the right time because when the NCAA tournament rolls in, the confidence and the ability to win is already instilled, which makes for a tough team in the Murray St. Racers.